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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2008, 10:09 AM
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snowboard with torn meniscus

hi all!
i am will go snowboard next months in val thorens france for my first time. i have never snowboard before. i am 28 years old and torn my meniscus last year (knee injury)
i would like to know which leg to put ahead while snowboard in order to minimize a risk for re-injured any other advices???
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2008, 10:18 AM
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there is no way to minimise the use of your knees.

in fact i would say they are the most critical and heavily used joint of them all.

i would strongly suggest you get a doctor's considered clearance to snowboard before you try to do so.

Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
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If you have had it repaired find your natural lead foot and go for it.
If you haven't had surgery, every day you put it off you're that much closer to knee replacement. I have way too many friends with artificial knees because they toughed it out and didn't get their knee fixed soon enough.
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i was not clear

let me clear it:
i did an arthoscopic surgery
i am not that stuid....
is there any specific actions i can make to defand my right knee?
is it better to let the left leg lead? (i am left handed)
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 10:59 AM
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let me clear it:
i did an arthoscopic surgery
i am not that stuid....
is there any specific actions i can make to defand my right knee?
is it better to let the left leg lead? (i am left handed)
I didn't find it all that taxing on my knees unless I was falling down... I trashed my left knee doing mx... I ride goofy so the majority of my weight is on that knee.... The only thing on me that is still sore is my shoulders...


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Put your right leg in front then. Your back leg works harder, ruddering the back of the board through turns, while your front leg is more of a pivot point. Also, when you're pushing around on one leg, with one foot strapped in, the other unstrapped, it's your back leg doing the work.

That said, snowboarding is not as taxing on the knees as skiing is.
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I didn't find it all that taxing on my knees unless I was falling down... I trashed my left knee doing mx... I ride goofy so the majority of my weight is on that knee.... The only thing on me that is still sore is my shoulders...


Mike

I agree, when riding goofy (right foot front), the right knee tends to take a little more beating especially when you're on the chairlift trying to maneuver the board around all different angles. Whichever leg feels the best, I would recommend trying that knee. If they both feel equally fine, than go with what feels more comfortable.
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this is real real sketchy. knees are something
that never seem to heal back perfectly if you
seriously damaged them. i busted my knee a few
weeks ago snowboarding and its fine now but its
a different feeling when i run, and i cant straighten
my leg out fully. as the others said, i'd make sure
i'd get a doctors opinion on it. if s/he says its
alright i'd say put your better knee at the back
of the board. and keep in mind that if this is
your first time, you're going to be falling a lot
your butt and knees and hands. so, in considering
your damaged knee, would invest in knee pads.
if you worry about looking foolish dont worry.
no one can see them in your snowboarding pants
and they will definitely be much softer to fall
on than ice or snow. i think i might invest in
a knee brace and knee pads as well!

no.
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thanks!!!!

thank u all for replying
u helped me a lot!
i will use a pad on my right poor knee and put it on the back of the board (my strong leg at front). i cant wait going snowboard....
i guess i made the right choice with snowboard rather than ski regarding my knee..... do i?

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thank u all for replying
i will use a pad on my right poor knee and put it on the back of the board (my strong leg at front). i cant wait going snowboard....
Actually we recommend the opposite. Put your strong leg in the back.

Also heavily agree with landonk on getting knee pads. Add wrist guards and a butt shield while you're at it
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